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Live Responsibly

God expects us to live responsible lives. There are choices we make and actions we take that we remain individually accountable for. According to Galatians 6:5, each Christian is expected to bear his own load. The word used for "load" in this verse is a word that refers to something like a backpack. There are many things in life that individual Christians, empowered by the...

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Don't Dread the Work

Easton has had a fear of dogs for as long as we can remember, so when he began begging for a dog this winter, Paul and I decided it was probably a good time to start considering adding a puppy to our family. Aubree has been an animal lover since she was pretty little; she loves ALL animals. As soon as she joined forces with her little brother in the pursuit of getting a do...

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All In

My spot during the meal was usually on the freezer. My mother was the sixth of eight children who returned to celebrate the holidays with their parents. Each of the eight had taken seriously the biblical mandate to be fruitful and multiply. Adults and children filled the small frame house that had only one little bathroom. The freezer was on the back porch, along with the ...

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What Is A Missionary?

As I write this I am attending a conference in Louisville, KY, called "Together For the Gospel" (T4G). As part of the conference, I attended a mini-conference beforehand entitled, "Shepherding the Next Generation to Reach the Nations." In this time, David Platt, the director of the IMB, asked a question, "What is a missionary?" He then followed that up with a question of...

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Distraction

This past quail season included crossing paths with more incidental "critters" than any season I can remember. Every year there are plenty of cottontail rabbits and armored armadillos. This year the plethora of animals grew to include a badger, a bobcat, a swan, thousands of snow geese, and countless wild hogs. Wild hogs come in a variety of sizes and colors. Wild hogs st...

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Wait

It was a nice day, so I was driving with my window down when I came to the red light at the intersection of Washington and Davis. I guess my radio wasn't as loud as usual giving me the ability to hear a lady's voice say, "Wait." She annoyingly kept saying it over and over. Was she talking to me? I looked around trying to see if there was a mom who was persistently tellin...

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Pride Precedes Disaster

Pride precedes disaster. After ascending to the throne that had been occupied by the one who was trying to kill him, David eventually crashed and burned spiritually. It took a while, but David came to a point that he no longer felt the need to entrust himself completely to God's care. When he grew proud of his accomplishments, he fell victim to temptation. I am not sure Da...

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Game On!

Gear Up, Get Ready, GAME ON!!! Welcome to Vacation Bible School 2018! "Game On" is the theme for VBS this year, and I can tell you it is going to be a great summer at VBS as we are "gearing up for life's big game!" We are so blessed to be able to offer an amazing Vacation Bible School to our community for those who've finished Kindergarten 5th grade. We have seen a tremen...

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Follow Me

At the end, Jesus told Peter what He had told him in the beginning. "Follow Me." In both instances, Jesus made His appeal shortly after Peter had participated in a miraculous catch of fish. In the wake of the reminders that nothing is too hard for God, Jesus invited Peter to follow Him. In both instances Peter accepted His invitation. The first time he left the stability ...

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Opening Doors and Hearts

Sadly, we often believe that the church exists for us and for those who are most like us. However, if WE are the church, then we must fight against the thought that we exist for ourselves. If this ever becomes our mantra, then the church becomes a social club, a narcissistic, inwardly focused organization filled withindividuals who feel good about themselves by promoting s...

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